Originally written after the author had been diagnosed with a brain tumour, Testament is a response to the news that Vickie Gendreau would have little time left to live: about a year.
2012; Book Thug, 2016
The novel’s translator, Aimee Wall, writes about the work, a few months after its author died, in Lemon […]
“You think that would have changed things?” “The answer is of course, and for a while, and never.”
In interview with Eleanor Wachtel, Nick Hornby discusses the “problem of being divided being two worlds” saying that many of us have a version of this in our own lives.
This is true for the narrator of this […]
Paradoxically, the phenomenon in The Fever has a chilling effect on characters and readers alike.
The girls fall to the ground, one after the next; they writhe and tensions rise but blood is chilled.
Little Brown & Company, 2014
“As Deenie walked out, a coolness began to sink into her. The feeling that something […]
Jinny has been standing on shifting ground.
Expectations are thwarted: these are times of transformation.
This was true, too, in “Gravel” and in “Oh What Avails”.
But there she is: the space in which she is standing shifts both literally and metaphorically.
Things have been all-a-shift for some time now.
Readers have the detailed […]
Fairy tales began as stories for adults. “They were the television and pornography of their day, the life-lightening trash of preliterate peoples,” says John Updike.
Translated (Danish) Charlotte BarslundOther Press, 2014
Distraction and entertainment, but years later edification and morality: the words ‘fairy tale’ mean different things in different times, to different listeners and […]